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Old 05-18-2001, 01:17 PM   #1
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Just noticed that Bilstein is listing (new for 2001) Outback (97-99) specific replacement struts on their European catalog
( http://www.bilstein.de look at 'original katalog')

Don't know pricing but these <u>can</u> be ordered through the more knowledgeable Bilstein US dealers if you ask nicely and have the part number. I got my Euro only Bilstein's this way.

No idea if Bilstein USA will officially offer them here...


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Old 05-18-2001, 04:35 PM   #2
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BG5 - I spoke with the head of Bilstein USA about this 1 1/2 yrs ago about bringing the GT-B struts over from Germany, they said they would not and will not. So unfortunately us Legacy guys are SOL.
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Old 05-18-2001, 05:10 PM   #3
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~$130 US - not exactly cheap, either
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Old 05-18-2001, 06:41 PM   #4
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$130 may not be exactly CHEAP but have you priced the OEM struts? I think I paid about $150 for a rear strut for my 96 OB.
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Old 05-19-2001, 09:58 AM   #5
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Anybody know what the multiple listings mean? Okay, I used Babelfish to translate and Kombi is apparently wagon while Limousine is sedan. What about 2,5 Outback vs. 2,5 ex. Outback? And one more: are these original Bilsteins high quality like regular Bilsteins? It seems to me that if they are available in Germany somebody in North America should be able to get them...

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Edit: I just requested a quote from shox.com for the two different sets of struts listed for Outbacks on the Bilstein website. I will let you know what I hear from them.

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Old 05-19-2001, 11:17 AM   #6
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If they're Bilsteins, they should be extremely high quality.

My only real concern, buying blind, is that the spring rates for the Legacy version these were designed for are probably different than our US version. Don't want no bouncy bouncy .
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Old 05-19-2001, 09:14 PM   #7
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Well,

Here is what shox.com (AKA RD Enterprises) says about these Bilsteins:

>BILSTEIN - Struts -N/A in this country
>Call Bilstein at 800-537-1085 for details

Bummer.

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Old 05-20-2001, 08:25 AM   #8
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My suggestion would be to surf through some German web pages and try and order them through a German company. I am willing to bet that they would not mind making a sale and if you paid for shipping there would be no reason for them not to sell to you.
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Old 05-20-2001, 05:57 PM   #9
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Can anyone compare Bilstein vs. Koni vs. KYB AGXs vs. STi? What is best bang for $ and what about "drive-ability"
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Old 05-21-2001, 12:16 AM   #10
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I actually had a set on an older Legacy. Man they were lovely . Extremely stiff, but it made the old wagon feel like a go-kart. Handling was there, then again the car was just a toy then and not the all-round commuter.

As for Bilstein USA, they can get you a set. But warrenty...sorry...try again. These were actually sent from Japan, and one went bad That's actually why I know all this.

Advise for all you. To replace these I used KONI's. Then when I sold the car I transfered them to my MY98. You can't beat a lifetime warrenty and adjustability!! So all you know tho they were like $170 each and they were custom built in Holland.
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Old 05-21-2001, 12:40 AM   #11
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That's funny, I actually got my Legacy Bilstein's through shox.com (RD Ent.) based on part number and they got them imported through normal Bilstein USA channels. There's the warranty issue (lack of) but BilsteinUSA is willing to build/repair/revalve any Bilstein strut for a fee.

FHI probabaly has non-compete clauses with their suppliers which is why they don't sell the OEM GT-B version. The STi tuned Bilstein's are also still available (in pink).

If you don't need the tuning of adjustables Bilstein's are the best all-around fixed struts you can get for a Subaru.



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